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Personality Types

ESFJ Personality Type — The Supporter

ESFJ Supporters are friendly and nurturing. They seek to preserve tradition and observe rules. They are deeply caring and want to be liked. Their caretaking nature is one of the hallmarks of being a Supporter. They are supportive (hence their name) and generous. ESFJs have a desire to please and help others.

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The ESFJ personality type is of the SJ Protector temperament.

ESFJ Preferences

Preferences: Extraversion (E), Sensing (S), Feeling (F), Judging (J)

ESFJs direct their energy outward. They are sociable and gregarious. They are energized by interaction and often have many friends. ESFJs enjoy attending and hosting parties and group gatherings. As Sensors, ESFJs process information through their senses. They are aware of their surroundings and live in the moment. They are practical and realistic.

ESFJs are Feelers and make decisions with their heart. They have a warm and caring personality. ESFJs are passionate and empathetic. ESFJs are decisive and responsible. They are structured and enjoy finishing tasks. They plan ahead, follow routines and seek closure.

Describing an ESFJ

ESFJs can often be described using these words.
  • Social
  • Supportive
  • Empathetic
  • Others-focused
  • Committed
  • Generous
  • Traditional
  • Rule following
  • Responsible
  • Warm
  • Dutiful
  • Nurturing
  • Disciplined
  • Hospitable
  • Caring
  • Friendly
  • Punctual
  • Traditional
  • Organized
  • Relational
  • Celebratory
  • Realistic
  • Loving
  • Practical
  • Sacrificial

ESFJs and Relationships

ESFJs focus on their family and close friends. They love people and are gifted at bringing people together. They epitomize hospitality and care-giving. They share themselves freely and generously. ESFJs are very adept at reading others people's feelings. They are often popular, likeable and seek lasting relationships.

ESFJs and Work / Career

ESFJs are hard working and responsible people. They take comfort in routine. At work they like to create a warm and friendly environment. They are willing to make sacrifices to benefit others. ESFJs seek jobs that provide interaction and are altruistic in nature.

ESFJ Career Matches

The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the ESFJ personality.
  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Child Care
  • Church Worker
  • Human Resources
  • Counselor
  • Family Doctor
  • Homemaker
  • Nurse
  • Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Office Manager
  • Administrator
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Organization Leader
  • Receptionist
  • Administrative Assistant
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ESFJs and Learning / School

ESFJs are concrete learners and often do well in school. Their teachers appreciate their eagerness to please and their desire to stick to the rules. Many times a Supporter will train for a service-oriented occupation, which reflects their desire to make a difference in the lives of others. They are good at learning by doing and are not excited by theoretical discussions.

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ESFJ Strengths and Weaknesses

There are strength and weaknesses that ESFJs are more likely to possess than others.

Typical ESFJ Strengths

  • Friendly and warm
  • Focused on other people's needs
  • Excellent money mangement skills
  • Service-oriented
  • Honors commitments

Possible ESFJ Weaknesses

  • Dislikes change
  • Takes the blame for others
  • Interested in how others see them
  • Has trouble with conflict
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Famous ESFJs

The following famous people and fictional characters can be classified as ESFJs with reasonable accuracy.

Famous ESFJ People

  • William McKinley
    American President
  • Don Knotts
  • John Connally
  • Sally Struthers
  • Steve Spurrier
    Football Player
  • Sally Field
  • Phil Gramm
    U.S. Senator
  • Nancy Kerrigan
    Olympic Figure Skater
  • Elvis Stojko
    Canadian Figure Skater
  • Jack Benny
    Comedian, Actor
  • Desi Arnaz
    Actor, Comedian, Musician
  • Terry Bradshaw
    Football Player
  • Mary Tyler Moore
    Actress, Comedian
  • Dixie Carter
  • Reba McIntire
  • Danny Glover
  • Jennifer Anniston

Fictional ESFJ Characters

  • George Babbitt
    Babbit (Sinclair Lewis)
  • Hoss Cartwright
  • Leonard "Bones" McCoy
    Star Trek
  • Monica Gellar
  • Dorothy
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Nurse Haleh Adams
  • Donald Duck
    Disney Cartoon Character
  • Rabbit
    Winnie the Pooh
  • Felix Unger
    The Odd Couple


ESFJ Supporters are nurturing and responsible. They go to great lengths to meet the physical needs of others. They are willing to make enormous sacrifices on behalf of their loved ones. Their greatest contribution is their genuine concern for others, which drives everything they do.

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